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Art & Life with Tyrah Majors

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyrah Majors.

Tyrah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in San Diego and raised in a small community called Oak Park, in the SDSU College Area. I come from a very tight-knit family and am the second born of four children. My dad worked closely in the music industry, and my mom has worked as a talent manager/agent, so entertainment has flowed through me and siblings bloodstreams for as long as I can remember. With a name like Tyrah, I knew I wanted to follow in someone’s footsteps (Tyra Banks) and shoot for the dream of becoming a supermodel. Those dreams were short-lived, however. After being featured in various print ads and theatrical work throughout my child and teen years, I decided that modeling wasn’t the only thing I wanted to strive for. As I explored different careers my freshman year of college, something stuck out to me, and that was journalism. When I took my first journalism class, It felt like all of my hobbies were wrapped into one: acting, modeling, and writing are all forms of storytelling. Through journalism, I feel that I can do just that. Tell stories.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I don’t just have one art…I like to think of myself as a hyphen – a woman of many professions and arts.

First and foremost, I’m a children’s book author. I published my first children’s book titled “Grammy and Me,” in the spring of 2017. It tells the story of a young girl spending the day with her grandmother. It is based on my personal experiences with my great-grandma, who passed away in 2014. She and I were extremely close. I spent most of my summer days as a child with her at her house while my parents were at work. I started writing my first draft and illustrations in early 2015. It took two whole years to complete only 20 pages of story! Everything had to be right⎯I wanted to show her essence throughout the book perfectly. Losing her was a huge hardship in my life, and even though my grammy isn’t alive to read my story today, or be a part of this journey with me, a huge part of her still feels like she is here with me, because this book exists. One of my goals with this book is to reinforce the importance of family bonding and values to children. Also, I want to encourage young children to explore their creative side. Write more and read more, because great things can come out of it later in life. There are more books to come…so stay tuned!

Second, I’m a journalist. Which is my passion and the main career goal I’m striving for. I’m currently a graduate student at USC and will have my masters degree in Journalism in May. I’ve been very blessed with my journey as a journalist so far. I’ve had various internships at NBC and FOX local news stations, where I got to develop my skill set and learn new skills. One of my goals as a journalist is to tell stories that shine a light on underserved communities, and minorities that face social injustices. I also love entertainment, as I mentioned before. Conducting talent interviews on red carpets is so fun to me!

What’s to come next: I just started my own talk show YouTube series. It’s called “Major Moves with Tyrah Majors.” The whole idea is to tell stories about people making “MAJOR MOVES,” or doing inspiring/remarkable things through one-on-one interviews. My goal is to create a positive movement. My following consists of a younger crowd. I want them to be invested in education, inspiring stories, and creativity. With so much negativity in the world, I feel that a show like this could steer them in a light-hearted direction if they already aren’t.

On the side…I’m a huge computer nerd. I love building websites, and I love social media. Looking at analytics, insights, and HTML coding is fun to me! It’s definitely my side hustle. Hit me up if you ever need some tech support 🙂 haha.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Oh, this question hits close to home. I’m a college student…meaning I have a college student bank account. LOL. But seriously, you don’t have to have a lot of money to pursue your artwork. Most stuff you can do at home for free. My biggest advice is to take advantage of your resources. On the internet, you can find the answer to practically anything. You draw? Start posting all of your work on social media..someone will notice you. You make music? There are many free softwares you can download on your computer to help you record some songs. You want to write a book? Buy a notepad and a pencil from Dollar Tree and GET TO WRITING! That’s what I did. And really utilize social media. As long as you set an online presence for yourself, anything is possible.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find me on my website. Here you can get more info or purchase my book, “Grammy and Me,” see my broadcasting reels, my portfolio, and a link to my talk show! Also, you can find me on social media @tyrahmajors on everything. Please feel free to reach out! Also, if you want to share your art with me, do it! I’m all for artists supporting other artists.

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